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    Welcoming a UN special rapporteur to the Online Human Rights Choir

Welcoming a UN special rapporteur to the Online Human Rights Choir

The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) will soon appoint a special rapporteur to investigate the right to privacy in the digital age. LSE alumna Anri van der Spuy, now a fellow at the UN Secretariat of the IGF and her colleague Carl Gahnberg (who both write here in a personal capacity that does not reflect the views of […]

Data protection and privacy must be excluded from TTIP

Maryant Fernández Pérez, an Advocacy Manager at European Digital Rights (EDRi) argues that those in charge of representing the EU in upcoming trade negotiations need to strongly consider human rights, privacy and data protection, and mass surveillance, among many key subjects. She also offers further resources for learning about TTIP and data protection. 

Data protection is a contentious issue in the discussions […]

April 15th, 2015|Featured, Privacy|2 Comments|

How to tackle nuisance calls in the UK

In a follow-up to her post on nuisance calls earlier this year, LSE Visiting Senior Fellow Claire Milne outlines changes she would like to see to help in reducing nuisance for the public in the UK.

Once again there’s a crop of news stories about nuisance calls – this time, prompted by the improved enforcement powers for ICO that came into force on 6 […]

April 10th, 2015|Featured, Privacy|0 Comments|
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    Latin America: surveillance and human rights in the digital age

Latin America: surveillance and human rights in the digital age

Fabrizio Scrollini, a PhD candidate at the LSE and Chairman of DATA, an Uruguayan based NGO working on transparency, open data and human development, argues for the need for a human rights framework to tackle issues related to the use of surveillance technologies in Latin America.

In  July 2014, the Uruguayan government secretly purchased the license for a piece […]

An end to nuisance calls? Not yet.

LSE Senior Visiting Fellow Claire Milne expresses skepticism about the recent news proclaiming an end to nuisance calls.

“End of the line for cold callers” shouted the Daily Mail front page. The mail was referring to the DCMS announcement—headed with the claim “Government cracks down on nuisance calling companies”—on the outcome of its consultation last autumn on lowering the legal threshold for […]

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    Practical obscurity and the right to be forgotten: “pretty much” privacy is enough

Practical obscurity and the right to be forgotten: “pretty much” privacy is enough

Rutgers University Law Professor Ellen Goodman looks at attempts to extend the right to be forgotten beyond Europe and argues that  a person’s ‘right to be forgotten’ should not be a right to completely erase information, but instead should be a right to ‘practical obscurity’.
In 1979, the U.S. Supreme Court recognized an individual interest in the “practical obscurity” of certain personal information. The […]

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    Three years on…and still waiting for data protection reform

Three years on…and still waiting for data protection reform

David Smith, Deputy Commissioner and Director of Data Protection for the ICO, looks at why EU data protection regulation proposals and discussions are taking so long and outlines what the UK is doing in the midst of reform.

As the candles were blown out on the third birthday of the European Commission’s proposal for a new data protection regulation for Europe, […]

February 9th, 2015|Featured, Privacy|0 Comments|
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    Data protection: rights of passengers using Automated Border Control

Data protection: rights of passengers using Automated Border Control

As news emerges that the European Commission’s counter-terror plan will require blanket collection and storage of personal data records of all passengers flying in and out of Europe, Diana Dimitrova from KU Leuven returns to discuss rights of passengers using Automated Border Control. The passenger rights discussed here have broader implications for all data subject to the Data Retention Directive. 

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January 28th, 2015|Featured, Privacy|1 Comment|
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    From personal computers to personal networks: are we ready for the DIY networking era?

From personal computers to personal networks: are we ready for the DIY networking era?

In the latest post in our Alternative Internet(s) series, Panayotis Antoniadis, Senior Researcher at the Communication Systems Group at ETH Zürich, argues that we should be prepared for an explosion of personal and community wireless networks.

Wireless technology, cheap off-the-shelf hardware and free and open source software make it easier and easier for people with less-technical inclinations to build their […]

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    “Kickin’ The Clouds Away”: A rights-based approach for mesh networks as community media

“Kickin’ The Clouds Away”: A rights-based approach for mesh networks as community media

In the latest post in our Alternative Internet(s) series, Argyro Karanasiou, Lecturer in IT & Media Law for the Centre for Intellectual Property Policy & Management (CIPPM) at Bournemouth University argues that policymakers must embrace decentralised Internet architectures as a way of breaking online informational monopolies.

Back in 1967, computer network pioneer Paul Baran described network communications as an unregulated public […]